The Death Penalty reinstatement petition has a week to go and Twitterers are noting that they are getting robocalls to sign.
While that may indicate that they still want signatures, there are different levels for that.
The word right now is that they definitely have enough signatures to get the issue on the 2016 General Election ballot (around 58,000). But they would like to stop the law from going into effect — the 10% level, or around 115,000 sigs.
The CW is that you need around 15% more than the actual number to feel safe about your totals, since many are thrown out or challenged for various reasons. So while 115K is the actual number, what they are really shooting for is closer to 133,000.
It could be tight. If you want to have this issue on the ballot — while holding up the law in the mean time — you should contact one of the offices and put pen to paper.
The guess here is that they do get the totals they need.
In yesterday’s podcast on The Wheels Down Politics Show, Jordan McGrain and I discussed some of the excitement around the down-ballot races in Nebraska.
That’s right, excitement.
Well, it is assumed that Secretary of State John Gale will be hanging it up
next year in 2018. And what a great, non-term limited gig it is.
[Yup, got a little ahead of myself. The SoS is not up ’til 2018. Well, everyone can have longer to think about it. Same rest still applies…]
Unlike the 2nd District Congressional gig that involves lots of commuting and fundraising every two years, the SoS job can be a bit more family-friendly.
So who is interested?
Well here are a few names that have been floated to Leavenworth St., in alphabetical order (FLOATED, mind you. No confirmation from any of these folks.):
Attorney Bob Evnen
State Senator Tyson Larson
State Senator Bob Krist
State Senator John Murante
State Senator Ken Schilz
State Senator Jim Smith
How’s that for a list for ya! (We will add to or remove from, as necessary — particularly if any of those do NOT want to be listed.)
CNN will need to take a poll to whittle down the Reagan Library debate field when the time comes!
Of course, as I asked McGrain, how you separate as the TOP person for SoS in that field? And then IF you do, how do you let the voters know?
That’s some serious techno-GOTVing going on there.
Leavenworth St. will provide you with the scintillating details of this race as the candidates announce, and as it progresses…for 3 more years.
(It is very possible a Wipe-Out style obstacle course will be developed for the primary…)
Hey did you catch pundit Ann Coulter the other day? She was harshing on Carly Fiorina because Carly said something anti-Trump…
I have turned against her (Carly Fiorina) as of yesterday with the hot, hot hate of a 1000 suns.
First, I admit I was suspicious, because I hate this, “ohh a woman can talk, isn’t that great.” Why not Sid Tillsdale, he ran for Senate in Nebraska, he is a wealthy banker, he’s worth a few billion dollars.
He ran for senate and lost; she ran for governor and lost.
Well, it is fairly apparent that she was referring to Pinnacle Bank President Sid DINSDALE — oh, and Fiorina ran for Senate in California, not Governor (she may be thinking of Meg Whitman).
Not sure who Ann was kvetching with prior to the show to name-drop Dinsdale, but I disagree with her in general.
There are plenty of female candidates out there at all levels. Bachman, Palin and Clinton are a few that come to mind immediately. I don’t think any can hold a candle to how Fiorina can deliver a response on many issues. That ain’t just “talking”, otherwise any Miss America contestant would be running for President.
And when we compliment a man for a good response, do we EVER say, “ooh he can talk, isn’t that great!” No, it’s one of many ways we judge them. Mike Huckabee is a perfect case in point where he’s a great speaker, but people are judging him on many other aspects.
They will do the same with Fiorina.
Whether Ann Coulter likes it or not.